Sunday, March 23, 2014

More Quebec City

Clearing the Roof by susanvg
Clearing the Roof, a photo by susanvg on Flickr.
Winter is long and snow is a constant. Roofs have to be cleared frequently to avoid snow falling on passersby. Steep roofs are designed to let the snow slide off to avoid too heavy a load on the roof. Many roofs have little snow fences to keep the snow from falling on unsuspecting heads.

Stone Houses

Many of the buildings in  Vieux-Qu├ębec  are stone, with tall windows. Note the snow fences.

Stairs Going Up

Walking in the old part of Quebec means many hills and many stairs. Basse-Ville (lower town) is where the port is. This photo is part way down. Looking up you can see the Chateau Frontenac, a landmark hotel.

Looking to Lower Town

Here you can see part of lower town. Now there are many shops, many aimed at tourists.

Over the River

The defences for the city were in the upper part of the city, with canons facing the river. Many are placed there along Les Ramparts.

City Gate

The original city was entered through one of the stone gates. This one is lit up as the Crashed Ice championship was being held int he city. The course went right through the gate. For anyone who doesn't know what crashed ice is (and I only learned about it because this was across the street from our hotel), the course goes down the hill with sections going up. People (crazy people I should say) skate down this course. I have no clue how it is judged. I don't think it is just time as there were judges placed in several spots down the course.

Down the Course

I am sure they never saw this view as they hurtle down. I enjoyed it.

One of the Crazy Skaters

Here is one of the crazy skaters.

Monument to Giving Women a Voice

We walked a lot over the 3 days. This sculpture sits on the grounds of the National Assembly, Quebec's parliament buildings. It represents the progress of women. The three together are suffragettes: Thérèse  Forget-Casgrain, Marie Lacoste Gérin-Lajoie and Idola  Saint-Jean. Women in Quebec did not get the vote until 1940.  Marie-Claire Kirkland was the first woman elected to parliament in 1960. Even then she could not sign a lease for an apartment in the city without her husband's signature. Learn more here.

Quebec is beautiful in any weather.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for showing those sculptures and interesting history of Quebec. I remember one young lovely girl, who was from Quebec.She was working in Japanese school as an ALT. She visited me every weekend to practice Japanese language for two years.
    Quebec is much modern and beautiful city than I heard from her.